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Betar Bangla in crisis: view exchange meeting with community leaders


The only Bengali community radio service in the UK and only 24hrs Bengali radio service outside Bangladesh, Betar Bangla is now passing through a huge crisis period.  Sudden increase of transmission fees and the increase of overheads of transmission costs have amounted to this.  To discuss this problems and finding the ways to resolve it, a view exchanging meeting was held in Children Education Centre in East London.

Director Chair Doctor Abdul Awal presided over the meeting and Executive Director Nazim Chowdhury conducted it.  Programme Director Mostofa Babul  delivered the welcoming speech presenting the past activities of Betar Bangla.

Other guests who addressed the audience included Cllr Ohid Ahmed, Cllr Faruk Chowdhury, Barrister Ataur Rahman, Barrister Masud Chowdhury, former Councillor Matinuzzaman, Jamalur Rahman, Faruk Ahmed, Aktar Hossain Kaosar, Abul Hossain, Alamgir Khan, Kamal Dewan and others.

Guests who attended the event included Abdul Ahad Chowdhury, Mujibul Haque Moni, Husneara Matin, Abul Kalam, Kabir Ahmed, Kazi Shamsul Islam, Joynal Abedin Khan, M A Kalam , Tareq Chowdhury, Parvez Ahmed, Abed Hossain Opu, Musahid Khan, Ajman Raja, Rejaul Karim Manik, Tania Sultana, Moyna Miah, Mahmuda Khan Moni.

Betar Bangla presenters who was in the meeting included Joynal Ahmed, Suja Mahmud, Najrul Islam Okib, Shumon Khan, Anisur Rahman Anis, Minhaj Khan, Manikur Rahman Gani, Hena Begum, Arjumand Munni, Shumona Shumi, Shahina Moni, Sayeeda Chowdhury, Nahid Sultana Ratna, Imam Hossain, Mamun Ali Kadri, Nayeem Chowdhury, Mostofa Kamal Milon, Shamsul Alam Parvez, Hrion Beg, Tanzila Zaman, Mohammod Nazim Uddin, Ruksana Hashi Sonia, Rajib Dev Sharkar and others.

The speakers mentioned that increasing transmission charge by 140% with such a short notice has put Betar Bangla in to a huge crisis. Hence a decision was taken to create a support committee involving community leaders.  Betar Bangla committee also  urged to local and Bangladesh entrepreneurs for more advertisements to support the only Bengali community radio channel in the UK.

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